Bulldogs lose third consecutive game

Following an impressive victory over Cleveland State in its season opener, the Butler women’s basketball team has lost three straight games.

The Bulldogs (1-3) lost to St. Mary’s 90-86 in overtime before falling to Bowling Green 61-57 Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler looked competitive early on, never trailing in the first 20 minutes as it took a 27-22 lead to halftime over the Falcons (4-0).

The Bulldogs were led on both sides of the court by senior guard Daress McClung, who posted a double-double on the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Haley Howard turned in an impressive night as well, leading the squad with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Bowling Green capitalized on miscues by the Bulldogs as it quickly erased the halftime deficit with 17 points from senior forward Alexis Rogers.

The Bulldogs managed to ignite a comeback in the final minutes of the game.

Junior center Liz Stratman sank two free throws with 1:26 remaining, and sophomore guard Lexus Murray drove for a jumper to cut the Falcons lead to just a point with less than a minute remaining.

A free throw by McClung tied it up at 57, though a quick lay up on the ensuing possession by Cleveland State sophomore guard Erica Donovan would ultimately put the Falcons back on top with just seconds to go.

With just nine seconds on the clock, senior guard Mandy McDivitt tossed up the potentially game-winning 3-point field goal, only to have it blocked by Donovan.

Despite the rough stretch, Butler coach Beth Couture said she still took positives from her team’s recent performances.

“As disappointed as we are with a one and three start, we do see a lot of bright spots,” Couture said. “However, we do see some corrections we can make. Now that we have a couple of days to practice and just prepare, we will get a couple things corrected.”

The Bulldogs will get a few days to rest and regroup before returning to action against the Indiana Hoosiers (4-0)Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

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